Liz Axford: Overlay

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Date: May 17 - Sep 22
Venue: International Quilt Museum
Location: 1523 N 33rd St.
Ticket Price: $8 Adults, $6 Seniors (age 65+), $4 Child (age 5-18), Free for Child (under 5) and UNL faculty, staff and students
Time: 10am-4pm Tues.-Sat., 1-4pm Sun. (May-October), Closed Mondays
Phone: (402) 472-6549

Originally a painter and then an architect, Liz Axford turned to textiles in the late 1980s, as the Studio Craft movement was developing into a branch of art-making focused on material explorations. Inspired by the work of studio quilt pioneers, by great colorists from Pierre Bonnard to Amy Sillman, and by the powerful abstraction of Richard Diebenkorn and Agnes Martin among others, Axford left a career designing cookie-cutter, commercial architecture—“tilt-up” buildings—and committed to a studio practice that remained steadfastly experimental for 35 years. By the mid-1990s, Axford was focused on felting, dyeing, and photographic processes—on the chemistry and alchemy of making material disintegrate and reappear in different form, on turning liquid color into light, on turning light into image. Overlay highlights work from Axford’s Shift and Divisions series, and her ability to engage with the quilt idiom in a spirit of real invention.